CHILDRENS THEATRE OF CHARLOTTE INC

aka CTC   |   Charlotte, NC   |  www.ctcharlotte.org

Mission

Children's Theatre of Charlotte's (CTC) mission is to create exceptional theatre experiences, inspiring generations to explore the wonder of their world.

Notes from the nonprofit

When CTC was established in 1948 by the Junior League, it produced plays in school auditoriums. In 1971, the Theatre moved into a former VFW Club. The first paid, professional Executive Director was hired in 1979 and education offerings were added. Over the next 18 years, we continued to expand and grow, serving our region's young people and families. In 1997, however, it became clear that this facility was inadequate to facilitate the professional programming CTC was capable of producing.

In 2005, after eight years of careful planning, CTC moved into a new facility called ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center. Built primarily with voter-approved bonds, ImaginOn is home to Children's Theatre and a branch of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Our transition to this facility represents the first time we have had spaces designed for theatre and also the first time all scene and costume shop amenities have been located on site. Having our entire staff under one roof has generated incredible synergy; our team is energized and committed to producing work of unparalleled caliber.

Stewardship and financial viability are as essential to us as our programming. At 2014-15 fiscal year end we completed our 34th consecutive year in a positive budget position, i.e. “in the black." Our focus on diversity of earned and contributed resources along with prudent expense management, provide the solid financial footing to deliver exceptional, accessible, quality programming.

The 2015-16 season represents Children's Theatre's 68th in serving the region. Each chapter in our history has been marked by tremendous growth and progress, each decade's triumphs made possible by tenacity, passion, commitment and good, old fashioned sweat equity.

Ruling year info

1973

Interim Co-Executive Director

Linda Reynolds

Interim Co-Executive Director

Adam Burke

Main address

300 East Seventh Street

Charlotte, NC 28202 USA

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EIN

56-1028031

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Performing Arts (A60)

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Our programs

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Professional Theatre Productions

Children’s Theatre is a fully producing theatre. Prior to launching each Season, our artists, educators and leadership team carefully consider scripts for artistic merit, public and school audience appeal, curricular ties, variety of ages served, themes explored, diversity of programming, and ties to our mission. Once selected, our artistic team hires directors and actors along with professional set, costume, sound and lighting designers from the region and around the country. All sets and costumes are built on site by CTC craftsmen. Our productions feature professional adult actors and, in one or two shows annually, talented students in a variety of roles.

Each Season, we mount 12 productions for public audiences on the weekends and for school audiences during the week in the McColl Family Theatre and Wells Fargo Playhouse; both are technically equipped for us to create shows with production values of the highest caliber. Serving a wide age-range, these productions have set a new standard for professional theatre in our region. Our professional touring company, the Tarradiddle Players, travels from September to June taking plays to primarily rural areas throughout the Southeast. Four times a year, they return “home” to perform for public and school audiences at ImaginOn.

Our 2013-14 Season includes “Tarzan: The Stage Musical”, “Hansel & Gretel”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, “A Commedia Christmas Carol”, “Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly”, “Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood”, “Too Many Frogs”, “Spelling 2-5-5”, and “The Reluctant Dragon”. For our youngest audiences, we will offer “Balloonacy” and “The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark” and for our most mature patrons, teenagers, we will showcase “The Hundred Dresses”. As a complement to the work we produce, we will also offer a variety of culturally-rich showcases presented by guest artists.

To ensure access for all students, we generously subsidize nearly two-thirds of the cost of tickets for school shows. Last Season, more than 300 schools from Mecklenburg and 15 surrounding counties brought their students to CTC to experience the magic of live professional theatre. Teacher Resource and Family Play Guides that provide curricular connections and fun activities complement each show, deepening the experience, extending the educational value, and sparking classroom and family conversations.

Population(s) Served

Our innovative theatre education initiatives provide comprehensive experiences for students at our facility, at satellite locations, and in our region’s schools. The Creative Drama Series for ages 2-2nd grade provides an introduction to theatre while encouraging social skills, confidence and imaginative play. Worshops for 2nd-12th graders playfully introduce beginning students to theatre and offer advanced students seminars and intensives. School of Theatre Training (SOTT) is a yearlong program for 3rd-12th graders dedicated to studying the skills and techniques of drama, both in acting and musical theatre. Students move through five graduated levels of programming, including OnStage, a unique student-driven performance opportunity. Conservatory students annually perform on the mainstage. Camps for ages 3-18 run June to mid-August. Introduced last year and back by popular demand in 2013-14 is a two-week teen performance camp and corresponding technical theatre training camp.

CTC and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) have programmatically partnered for more than 40 years. Our In-School Residencies and Workshops are designed to bring curriculum to life through movement, drama activities, improvisation and storytelling. Neighborhood Bridges, for example, is a comprehensive arts-in-education writing and literacy residency for elementary students. Founded at The Children’s Theatre Company MN and featured in 13 states, 2013-14 represents our 9th program year. In response to priorities identified in the health curriculum, we produce and tour a powerful and relevant substance abuse prevention play called Liars to every CMS middle school; follow-up workshops are available as funding permits. CMS considers our programming to be some of the most rewarding and impactful for their students.

We are so committed to providing access to programs and removing barriers to participation that community engagement is embedded in the organization’s operating budget. We employ a full-time coordinator to build and nurture relationships with community and family partners through these initiatives:

• Scholarship tickets for our productions to qualifying families and organizations and full and partial class scholarships to qualifying students. In 2012-13, nearly 400 students received class scholarships and nearly 1,700 scholarship tickets were issued.

• No-fee programming in community sites and shelters. Last Season, more than 250 students were served in nine partner sites ranging from homeless shelters and transition homes to community centers in high poverty areas and libraries in challenged neighborhoods. We develop programming according to the needs of the children specific to each site.

• Subsidized school show tickets for all field trips. To ensure programming is accessible to all students, field trip tickets are $6-$7 per person. Last Season, more than 300 schools from Mecklenburg and 15 surrounding counties brought their students to CTC.

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Awards

USITT Thomas DeGaetani Award 2010

United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc.

Multi-Year Grant, Global Theatre Series 2010

The Women's Impact Fund

Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Award 2008

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

Medallion 2008

Children's Theatre Foundation of America

McColl Award 2007

Arts & Science Council

Affiliations & memberships

Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA) 2013

American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) 2013

Metrolina Theatre Association (MTA) 2013

North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) 2013

Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) 2013

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) 2013

Financials

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CHILDRENS THEATRE OF CHARLOTTE INC

Board of directors
as of 6/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Nurkin

SPX Corporation

Term: July 2016 - June 2017

Michael Desmond Auditor Partner

Grant Thornton LLP

Jami Farris Partner

Parker Poe

David Head Director

Grant Thornton LLP

Catherine Hensley Community Leader

No Affiliation

Ashley Joseph Owner

Gymboree Play & Music

Florence Kim Director, Psychiatry Programs

Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas Healthcare System

Gina Lawrence Community Leader

No Affiliation

Brian Moroz Senior Vice President

Wells Fargo

John Nurkin Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel

SPX Corporation

Scott Sutton Sustainability Engagement Manager

Duke Energy

Greg Wilcox Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking

PNC Bank

Quanteer Williams Escalation Manager, US

Microsoft Corporation

Jessica Churchill Legacy Asset Portfolio Manager

Bank of America

Melissa Countryman Vice President

JE Dunn Construction

Peter Flur President and CEO

sniglets, inc

Jennifer Miles Senior Vice President

Cushman & Wakefield

Brian Murdock Director

Wells Fargo Securities

Maggie Greenlee Assistant General Council

UTC Aerospace Systems

Mitchell Kelling Associate Attorney

HorackTalley

Angela Scholl Community Leader

No Affiliation

Brian Schultz Chief Academic Officer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Lisa Sherrill Community Leader

No Affiliation

Brad Vineyard Partner

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Sara Abadi Global Communications Specialist

Sealed Air Corporation

Catherine Malone Assistant Head of Operations

Charlotte Lab School

Elizabeth Moreno Senior Manager

Accenture

Stacia Neugent Tax Manager

GreerWalker LLP

Timothy Rogers Vice President of Finance

Continental Tire of the Americas, LLC

Sherese Smith Community Leader

No Affiliation

Michael Soistman Managing Director, Risk Data & Analytics

KPMG

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes